MISCONDUCT OF FEDERAL AGENTS AT MCAS EL TORO
Marine Corps Colonel James E. Sabow was murdered at El Toro in January 1991. Government called it a suicide. Witnesses support crime scene tampering. Eileen M. Decker, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, needs to investigate murder and misconduct of federal agents.
(IRVINE, CA) – Congressman Hunter, Sr. had been the Chairman, House Armed Services Committee. Hunter was involved in helping Dr. David Sabow, younger brother of Colonel James E. Sabow, reinvestigate the murder of his brother.
Colonel Joseph Underwood, former Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, was reduced in rank to major and forced out of the Corps in 1991. Some of the charges against him included misuse of subordinates; improper coercion of a junior Marine Corps officer to solicit money; misuse of Marine Corps aircraft; and dereliction of duty.
Bob Romaine is a good man with extensive experience as a homicide detective in Orange County, CA, and retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major. He wrote and called former Congressman Duncan Hunter, Sr. a few weeks ago and was severely criticized for calling Underwood a rogue colonel (no doubt he was a lot more than that).
Mike Jacobs, retired supervisor of the Orange County Homicide Unit, called Duncan Hunter, Sr., too. Bob Romaine and Mike worked together for years; after reviewing the evidence, both men agreed that Col. Sabow was murdered. Jacobs told Romaine that he would never call Hunter again. Jacobs, now retired from the Orange County District Attorney’s office, is a man who successfully prosecuted over 100 individuals for murder.
Bryan Burnett, forensic scientist, mailed Duncan Hunter, Sr. a detailed analysis of the forensic evidence supporting the murder of Colonel Sabow in January 2016. Burnett didn’t receive a response from Hunter.
I’m not particularly interested in listening to a tirade from an ex-Congressman but I told Bob Romaine, a friend, that I would call Hunter to follow-up on Burnett’s letter to Hunter and ask him why he hasn’t taken any action to contact the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on Burnett’s findings. The death of Colonel Sabow was determined to be a suicide by the NIS (the predecessor agency to the NCIS).
The autopsy of Colonel Sabow was performed by a pathologist under contract with the Orange County Sheriff/Coroner; the death certificate citing suicide signed the next day. The NIS investigation of the death was not completed until several weeks later. NIS called it a suicide.
The Orange County Sheriff/Coroner has refused to listen to Burnett’s presentation. For Orange County, the case is closed since their autopsy and the federal government’s investigation support suicide. But, it’s not that simple. Other independent pathologists reviewed the autopsy report and found medical evidence to support homicide.
There is evidence supporting crime scene tampering and the interference of three individuals, who may have been the murderers, into the initial crime scene investigation.
These men gained entry to the crime scene by flashing badges and arguing with the NIS team leader. Interference with a federal crime scene investigation is a felony. Not reporting the interference and filing a false crime scene investigation report is a felony. Murder is a felony and there is no statute of limitations on murder.
Attorney Dan Sheehan, former Marine MP Randy Robinson, and several NIS agents can provide testimony supporting the intrusion of three men who ordered most of the NIS crime scene team to wait across Fifth Street while they cleaned-up the crime scene.
The motive for murder was to prevent Colonel Sabow from blowing-the-whistle on narcotrafficking of cocaine into El Toro on CIA proprietary aircraft. He threatened to blow-the-whistle in a heated exchange with Colonel Underwood the night before his body was found by his wife on their patio. There was no suicide note and his fingerprints were not on the shotgun.
The message to Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) reporting suicide of Colonel Sabow was dated eight hours before his death. His body laid on the patio while the message from Brigadier General Wayne Adams, Commanding General, MCAS El Toro, was sent to CMC. No one has ever questioned Adams on how his message could be dated eight hours before the event. Did he receive a heads-up and rushed to draft a message that was automatically dated by the telecommunications system?
With Bryan Burnett’s findings and testimony of witnesses, there is no reason why the U.S. Attorney for Southern California can’t begin an investigation of NIS alleged misconduct and the murder of a senior Marine Corps officer now.
I called former Congressman Duncan Hunter, Sr. this morning. I got a voice mail response and left a message that I was a reporter for Salem-News who was writing a book about the murder of Colonel James Sabow. That was hours ago. I may never receive a response from him. Salem-News is not a major media publication and may not resonate with him.
Eileen M. Decker, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, needs to investigate the alleged misconduct of federal agents in the crime scene investigation of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow on January 21, 1991, at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California.
This is not rocket science: Attorney Dan Sheehan can identify the NIS agents who witnessed crime scene tampering. Randy Robinson and the other Marine MP reservist who had perimeter duty at the Sabow crime scene can confirm the entry of three unidentified men and the order to leave the crime scene. Cheryl Baldwin Craycraft, the NIS crime scene team leader, can be interviewed. Joseph Underwood can be interviewed as a person of interest.
The pain and suffering to families whose loved ones were murdered needs to end. Other Marines at El Toro with links to the data file that reported the costs to refuel civilian aircraft like former Marine Tom Wade were murdered in cold blood. In a case of mistaken identity, a Native American and retired Army veteran was murdered. The man shared the same name as a Marine who unloaded narcotics from a Marine C-130 into a Mexican warehouse and told friends about it. His story was shared with a DOD investigator.
Ms. Decker, you need to get involved.